Courtesy: Duke Sports Information Release: 02/10/2013
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Duke 62, Boston College 61
• Duke improved to 5-0 in games that are within one possession with under three minutes remaining. Duke trailed Boston College by as much as five points after the three-minute mark but went on a 6-0 run in the final 2:15 to win. Duke’s previous four wins were over No. 3 Kentucky (75-68), No. 2 Louisville (76-71), No. 4 Ohio State (73-68) and Wake Forest (75-70). Four of those five victories have come on the road or at neutral sites.
• Duke won its fifth straight game and third straight on the road.
• Duke played its 199th straight game as a top-10 team (167-32, .839). Duke improved to 54-11 (.831) all-time when ranked No. 4 in the AP Poll.
• Seniors Mason Plumlee and Seth Curry combined to score 37 points. Those two have combined for at least 30 points 15 times this season. Duke is 14-1 when those two combine to score at least 30 points.
• Duke grabbed 11 offensive rebounds and scored 18 second-chance points. Boston College scored just six offensive boards and four second-chance points.
• Mason Plumlee scored five points in the final 1:03 of the first half and three more points in the final 47 seconds of the second half. Duke trailed during both of those stretches before Plumlee erased the deficit with his late scoring runs.
• Duke trailed Boston College 21-14 with 4:04 remaining in the first half but ended the first period on a 13-6 run to take a tied score into halftime. Mason Plumlee had five consecutive points during the run, all of which came in the final 1:03 of the half.
• Duke did not gain its first lead of the game until Mason Plumlee converted a three-point play on an offensive putback with one minute remaining in the first half. Boston College responded with a three-pointer on the next possession to regain the lead, but Plumlee grabbed another offensive rebound on Duke’s next possession and dunked it in to tie the score at 27-27 just before time expired.
• Duke shot just 1-of-7 (.143) from three-point range in the first half but rebounded to shoot 50.0 percent (5-of-10) from three-point range in the second half.
• Duke started two freshmen – Amile Jefferson and Rasheed Sulaimon – for the sixth straight game. The last time Duke started a pair of freshmen in six straight games was the 2006-07 season when Jon Scheyer and Lance Thomas started together from Jan. 14 to Feb. 1.
• The starting five combined for 53 of Duke’s 62 points. Duke’s starters average an NCAA-leading 68.0 points per game, or 86.8 percent of the team total.
• Duke gave up just nine assists, marking the 13th time this season that the Blue Devils have held their opponent 10 or fewer assists. Duke opponents are assisting on just 38.9 percent of their made field goals this season.
• Earned his 21st straight start and scored nine points with three assists.
• Contributed at least three three-pointers for the third straight game, shooting 3-of-5 from three-point range. Cook is shooting 68.8 percent (11-of-16) from beyond the arc during that three-game stretch with more three-pointers made than missed in each game.
• Finished with more turnovers (4) than assists (3) for the first time in his Duke career.
• Strung together his fifth straight double-digit scoring game and fell just two points shy of what would have been his fourth straight 20-point game. Since being shut out against Miami on Jan. 23, Curry is averaging 19.8 points per game over his last five outings.
• Scored in double figures for the 17th time this season and the 54th time in his Duke career. Duke is 16-1 this season and 49-6 all-time when Curry scores in double figures. Curry has scored in double figures in seven of the last nine games.
• Converted a four-point play and a three-point play in the game. The four-point play was his second of the season and fifth of his career.
• Moved into 47th on Duke’s all-time scoring list with 1,151 career points, passing Alaa Abdelnaby (1,137), Bob Fleischer (1,139) and Chris Redding (1,141).
• Hit three of his last four free throws, tying the game by sinking back-to-back foul shots with 47 seconds left and then hitting the game-winner on his second attempt from the line with 25 seconds remaining. Plumlee finished 7-of-10 from the foul line.
• Tied the game at the end of the first half by scoring five points in the final 1:03. His dunk with four seconds remaining knotted the score at 27-27.
• Recorded his team-leading eighth three-point play of the season.
• Recorded his 13th double-double of the season, the second most in the ACC. It was Plumlee’s first double-double since Jan. 23 against Miami. Plumlee had two nine-rebound, double-digit points performances since the Miami game.
• Increased his career rebound total to 973. Plumlee needs just 27 more rebounds to become the ninth player in school history with 1,000 points and 1,000 rebounds and the third with 1,000 points, 1,000 rebounds and 150 blocks.
• Blocked two shots for his 12th multi-block game of the season.